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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Ned Stark and Catelyn Tulley originally only married because Cat's original betrothed, Ned's older brother Brandon, was killed, and their families needed the alliance. By the time the first book begins, the two have been together many years and have come to truly love each other.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Ned Stark and Catelyn Tulley Tully originally only married because Cat's original betrothed, Ned's older brother Brandon, was killed, and their families needed the alliance. By the time the first book begins, the two have been together many years and have come to truly love each other.


* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': A City Elf PlayerCharacter who expresses a desire to MarryForLove is seen as an oddball by the rest of the community and is assured that this will happen by your father, who himself [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage experienced this with your mother]]. If you're not outright rude to your betrothed when you meet, s/he will also express confidence that this is how your relationship will play out.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': A City Elf PlayerCharacter who expresses a desire to MarryForLove is seen as an oddball by the rest of the community and is assured that this will happen by your father, who himself [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage experienced this with your mother]]. If you're not outright rude to your betrothed when you meet, s/he will also express confidence that this is how your relationship will play out. Your cousin, Soris, also says that "the humans choose, and [[AwfulWeddedLife their marriages don't seem any happier.]]"


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* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' most definitely love each other and, at one point, he playfully grabs her butt. While they have [[OppositesAttract completely opposite personalities]] as a ViolentGlaswegian and a ProperLady, they still have a working marriage. When he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter, Merida, she accidentally reveals to Fergus that she has had misgivings about the betrothal at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.

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* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' most definitely love each other and, at one point, he playfully grabs her butt. While they have [[OppositesAttract completely opposite personalities]] as a ViolentGlaswegian and a ProperLady, they still have a working marriage. When he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter, Merida, she accidentally reveals to Fergus that she has had misgivings about the betrothal at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.



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* ''Webcomic/MarryMe''. Pop-idol who doesn't want to go back into the dating scene impulsively accepts a marriage proposal by sign and gets married to him on stage that minute. But the guy who was holding the sign didn't especially want to get married to her - it wasn't even his sign. Eventually, they fall in love.
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', half-orc prince Glon Bloodhand gets married to four orc princesses for political reasons. He quickly grows into this trope with three of them and is in the process of winning over the fourth when she is murdered.

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* ''Webcomic/MarryMe''. Pop-idol who doesn't want ''Machinima/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to go back into the dating scene impulsively accepts a marriage proposal by sign marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and gets married marries Estella due to him on stage that minute. But the guy who was holding the sign didn't especially want to get married to her - it wasn't even his sign. obligation. Eventually, they the two fall mutually in love.
* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', half-orc prince Glon Bloodhand gets married to four orc princesses for political reasons. He quickly grows into this trope with three of them and is in the process of winning over the fourth when she is murdered.
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* The premise of ''WebVideo/{{Husbands}}''. When gay marriage is legalized, boyfriends Cheeks and Brady Kelly are the first to get married. But they were drunk when they did that. They can't divorce because it's bad for the cause, and so they figure they'd stay married awhile, try it out, and then they divorce. But as they spend more time together, they realize that they do love each other.
* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually, the two fall mutually in love.

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* The premise of ''WebVideo/{{Husbands}}''. When gay ''Webcomic/MarryMe''. Pop-idol who doesn't want to go back into the dating scene impulsively accepts a marriage is legalized, boyfriends Cheeks proposal by sign and Brady Kelly are the first to get married. But they were drunk when they did that. They can't divorce because it's bad for the cause, and so they figure they'd stay gets married awhile, try it out, and then they divorce. But as they spend more time together, they realize to him on stage that they do love each other.
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* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', half-orc prince Glon Bloodhand gets married to four orc princesses for political reasons. He quickly grows into this trope with three of them and is in the process of winning over the fourth when she is murdered.


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* The premise of ''WebVideo/{{Husbands}}''. When gay marriage is legalized, boyfriends Cheeks and Brady Kelly are the first to get married. But they were drunk when they did that. They can't divorce because it's bad for the cause, and so they figure they'd stay married awhile, try it out, and then they divorce. But as they spend more time together, they realize that they do love each other.
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* In ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/11087601/chapters/24733785 Desire Written in Olive]]'', Tony Stark and Wanda Maximoff marry as part of a plan to hide she's former HYDRA and was involved in Ultron's plot to destroy the world. It takes several months before they're no longer at each other's throats and a couple years before they actually fall in love.


Compare PerfectlyArrangedMarriage when two characters engaged against their will discover true love. Also compare ItMeantSomethingToMe and BecomingTheMask. If the couple pretended to be in love when they married, it is a RomanticFakeRealTurn. May also overlap with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. Note that this trope is NewerThanTheyThink, since it presupposes that attempting to MarryForLove is the norm.

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Compare PerfectlyArrangedMarriage when two characters engaged against their will discover true love. Also compare ItMeantSomethingToMe and BecomingTheMask. If the couple pretended to be in love when they married, it is a RomanticFakeRealTurn. May also overlap with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. Note that this trope is NewerThanTheyThink, NewerThanTheyThink since it presupposes that attempting to MarryForLove is the norm.



* In ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' high school student Kei Kusanagi marries the alien who is posing as his home room teacher in order to protect her {{secret identity}}. They move in together and quickly fall in love with each other.
* In the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' franchise the main character, Keiichi Morisato, encounters a goddess who will grant one wish to him. He wishes that she stay with him forever. As far as the universe is concerned from that point on, the two are effectively married. They couldn't leave one another if they tried. In the process of finding a place to live and domestic life they fall in love with one another. The manga ends with [[spoiler:Belldandy and Keichi being officially married by Belldandy's mother after they pass the trial, and that's when Keiichi is told, straight up, that the wording of his wish in chapter one is explicitly a marriage proposal.]]

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* In ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' high school student Kei Kusanagi marries the alien who is posing as his home room homeroom teacher in order to protect her {{secret identity}}. They move in together and quickly fall in love with each other.
* In the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' franchise the main character, Keiichi Morisato, encounters a goddess who will grant one wish to him. He wishes that she stay with him forever. As far as the universe is concerned from that point on, the two are effectively married. They couldn't leave one another if they tried. In the process of finding a place to live and domestic life life, they fall in love with one another. The manga ends with [[spoiler:Belldandy and Keichi being officially married by Belldandy's mother after they pass the trial, and that's when Keiichi is told, straight up, that the wording of his wish in chapter one is explicitly a marriage proposal.]]



* In Film/TheDarkKnight fanfic ''Question of Honor'', Bruce and Grace have to get married to help her escape her war-torn homeland. They plan on staying together for a few years and then getting a divorce to ensure that Grace can stay in the states. Things take a different turn however...
* In the ''Fanfic/BrokenBow'' series, this was what Lya hoped her marriage to Armani would become. Sadly for her, it doesn't wrk out that way.

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* In Film/TheDarkKnight fanfic ''Question of Honor'', Bruce and Grace have to get married to help her escape her war-torn homeland. They plan on staying together for a few years and then getting a divorce to ensure that Grace can stay in the states. Things take a different turn turn, however...
* In the ''Fanfic/BrokenBow'' series, this was what Lya hoped her marriage to Armani would become. Sadly for her, it doesn't wrk work out that way.



* Due to AccidentalProposal, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12497150/1/Different-DxD Different DxD]]'' has a betrothal variant between Sona Sitri and Issei Hyoudou - but everyone around consider them married already. Both of them are quite bemused at the beginning, but slowly grow fond of each other over one year.

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* Due to AccidentalProposal, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12497150/1/Different-DxD Different DxD]]'' has a betrothal variant between Sona Sitri and Issei Hyoudou - but everyone around consider considers them married already. Both of them are quite bemused at the beginning, but slowly grow fond of each other over one year.



* In ''Film/GreenCard'' Georges and Bronte join in a sham marriage to get a green card to the US and a good apartment respectively. They can't stand each other, and are hunted by the INS, before they realise they love each other.

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* In ''Film/GreenCard'' Georges and Bronte join in a sham marriage to get a green card to the US and a good apartment respectively. They can't stand each other, other and are hunted by the INS, INS before they realise they love each other.



* Columbia Pictures 2006 biodrama ''Film/MarieAntoinette'' starts with the marriage of King Louis XVI of France to Princess Marie of Austria. The two had never met until their wedding, which was made to solidify a treaty between France and Austria. Nevertheless, Marie and Louis grew to love each other during their short reign.
* In ''Film/TheProposal'', Sandra Bullock's character makes her assistant marry her [[CitizenshipMarriage to avoid being deported to Canada.]] After pretending to friends, family and the INS, they're exposed... only to have him propose so that he they can date.

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* Columbia Pictures 2006 biodrama bio-drama ''Film/MarieAntoinette'' starts with the marriage of King Louis XVI of France to Princess Marie of Austria. The two had never met until their wedding, which was made to solidify a treaty between France and Austria. Nevertheless, Marie and Louis grew to love each other during their short reign.
* In ''Film/TheProposal'', Sandra Bullock's character makes her assistant marry her [[CitizenshipMarriage to avoid being deported to Canada.]] After pretending to friends, family and the INS, they're exposed... only to have him propose so that he they can date.



* The movie ''Lady Jane'' depicts this between Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley. Jane is not happy with the proposed marriage, and must be forced into it through corporal punishment by her parents. At first Jane and Guildford decide to treat their union purely as a MarriageOfConvenience, but then they fall deeply in love.
* ''Film/MonsoonWedding'' starts with the arranged couple feeling very awkward in each other's company, and there's some complications with her old flame, but by the end the two of them are taking quite a liking to each other.
* ''Bollywood/JodhaaAkbar'' centers around sixteenth century Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Rajput wife, Jodhaa. The two are forced into marriage because Akbar wanted the Rajputs' allegiance. Akbar is Muslim and Jodhaa is Hindu, but despite their differences they slowly (and charmingly) fall in love.

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* The movie ''Lady Jane'' depicts this between Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley. Jane is not happy with the proposed marriage, marriage and must be forced into it through corporal punishment by her parents. At first first, Jane and Guildford decide to treat their union purely as a MarriageOfConvenience, but then they fall deeply in love.
* ''Film/MonsoonWedding'' starts with the arranged couple feeling very awkward in each other's company, and there's some complications with her old flame, but by the end end, the two of them are taking quite a liking to each other.
* ''Bollywood/JodhaaAkbar'' centers around sixteenth century sixteenth-century Mughal Emperor Akbar and his Rajput wife, Jodhaa. The two are forced into marriage because Akbar wanted the Rajputs' allegiance. Akbar is Muslim and Jodhaa is Hindu, but despite their differences they slowly (and charmingly) fall in love.



* Most of the plot of the rom-com ''Film/TheWeddingPlanner'' revolves around the fact that the father of the eponymous wedding planner made an ArrangedMarriage between her and the son of an old friend of his. Near the end of the movie, [[CallingTheOldManOut she calls him out on this]] evoking his marriage to her late mother, only for him to tell her that was also arranged. He goes on to tell her that when they were younger, he was in love with someone else, and she didn't really like him. They spent the first years of their marriage despising one another (since they lived and got married in Italy, it's heavily implied that societal tradition levied a heavy taboo on divorce.) One day he got incredibly sick and she nursed him back to health, and with that experience they slowly but surely learned to love one another.
* A movie called ''Loco Love'' revolves around a renowned chef who looses his restaurant after his wife took it, the money, and most everything else in the divorce proceeding. Hearing of his plight, his gardener, who recently won the lottery, tells the chef he'll give him the capital to start a new restaurant on the condition he marries his sister [[CitizenshipMarriage so she can stay in the U.S.,]] and allows him and his family to move in with him. The marriage is rocky, to put it mildly, but after a while they do start to love each other, and after the ex-wife tries to win him back, the chef smoothes things over with his second wife, and they doe end up happily ever after.

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* Most of the plot of the rom-com ''Film/TheWeddingPlanner'' revolves around the fact that the father of the eponymous wedding planner made an ArrangedMarriage between her and the son of an old friend of his. Near the end of the movie, [[CallingTheOldManOut she calls him out on this]] evoking his marriage to her late mother, only for him to tell her that was also arranged. He goes on to tell her that when they were younger, he was in love with someone else, and she didn't really like him. They spent the first years of their marriage despising one another (since they lived and got married in Italy, it's heavily implied that societal tradition levied a heavy taboo on divorce.) One day he got incredibly sick and she nursed him back to health, and with that experience experience, they slowly but surely learned to love one another.
* A movie called ''Loco Love'' revolves around a renowned chef who looses loses his restaurant after his wife took it, the money, and most everything else in the divorce proceeding. Hearing of his plight, his gardener, who recently won the lottery, tells the chef he'll give him the capital to start a new restaurant on the condition he marries his sister [[CitizenshipMarriage so she can stay in the U.S.,]] and allows him and his family to move in with him. The marriage is rocky, to put it mildly, but after a while while, they do start to love each other, and after the ex-wife tries to win him back, the chef smoothes things over with his second wife, and they doe do end up happily ever after.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this is to be expected, since marriages are arranged, and a man marries all the sisters in a family, which with family sizes up to thirty, makes it impossible for everyone to be in love with each other prior to the wedding. The protagonist, Jerin [[spoiler:who manages to marry for love]] is not in love with all of his wives by the end of the book - which is a good thing, considering that some of them are [[WifeHusbandry still children.]] He considers this normal, and is optimistic about his future happiness.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold the marriage was meant to be temporary, [[CitizenshipMarriage to get her out of a deportation]] and him out of a kidnapping charge. In a hilarious scene, they manage to go to court for a divorce, but the judge finds they have no grounds for annulment. Then he chews out the man -- his cousin -- for wasting the court's time.

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this is to be expected, since marriages are arranged, and a man marries all the sisters in a family, which with family sizes up to thirty, makes it impossible for everyone to be in love with each other prior to the wedding. The protagonist, Jerin [[spoiler:who manages to marry for love]] is not in love with all of his wives by the end of the book - which is a good thing, considering that some of them are [[WifeHusbandry still children.]] He considers this normal, normal and is optimistic about his future happiness.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold the marriage was meant to be temporary, [[CitizenshipMarriage to get her out of a deportation]] and him out of a kidnapping charge. In a hilarious scene, they manage to go to court for a divorce, but the judge finds they have no grounds for annulment. Then he chews out the man -- his cousin -- for wasting the court's time.



* ''Sarah Plain and Tall'', a children's book published in 1985, later made into a movie and stage play, is about Sarah, a mail order bride to a widower named Caleb who has two young children. Their courtship happens after they are already living as man and wife.

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* ''Sarah Plain and Tall'', a children's book published in 1985, later made into a movie and stage play, is about Sarah, a mail order mail-order bride to a widower named Caleb who has two young children. Their courtship happens after they are already living as man and wife.



* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', a Franchise/StarTrek novel by Creator/DianeDuane, one of the stories from Vulcan's history is of a girl who is able to kill with her mind when she is angry. She has killed two potential husbands this way. She is forced into a third marriage for political reasons, and is sure he will end up as the other two. Then they meet and argue and [[SlapSlapKiss fall in love]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge What happens]] when her husband is killed is the main reason Vulcans have discouraged marrying for love.
* ArrangedMarriage is the rule for the Political and Officer classes in W.C. Dietz's ''Crisis of Empire'' trilogy. Usually friendly enough but neither party minds much when circumstances require a divorce so one or both can make a better match. This is ''not'' the case with Allison Spencer and Bethany Windsor. They are in love and blissfully happy - until [[TheEmpire Pact]] politics tear them apart giving Bethany to her Senator uncle's new military ally General Anson Merikur. At first she hates him - though she knows it wasn't his doing. Then she finds herself drawn to him...

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* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', a Franchise/StarTrek novel by Creator/DianeDuane, one of the stories from Vulcan's history is of a girl who is able to kill with her mind when she is angry. She has killed two potential husbands this way. She is forced into a third marriage for political reasons, reasons and is sure he will end up as the other two. Then they meet and argue and [[SlapSlapKiss fall in love]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge What happens]] when her husband is killed is the main reason Vulcans have discouraged marrying for love.
* ArrangedMarriage is the rule for the Political and Officer classes in W.C. Dietz's ''Crisis of Empire'' trilogy. Usually friendly enough but neither party minds much when circumstances require a divorce so one or both can make a better match. This is ''not'' the case with Allison Spencer and Bethany Windsor. They are in love and blissfully happy - until [[TheEmpire Pact]] politics tear them apart giving Bethany to her Senator uncle's new military ally General Anson Merikur. At first first, she hates him - though she knows it wasn't his doing. Then she finds herself drawn to him...



* Mahir and Nandini in the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' series. All right, so he chose her after being offered over a dozen other possibles, because she looked a good deal like Georgia, whom Mahir had had romantic feelings for, but the marriage does work out quite well and he falls very much in love with Nandini.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'' Logan and Jenine are shoved awkwardly into marriage because she has a crush and [[spoiler:his fiance slept with the prince. They spend the next two books separated and convinced the other is dead. Logan almost marries again for political reasons, Jenine becomes the wife of the Godking. However when Logan ''finds out she's alive and in the hands of the enemy'' he marches to war to rescue her. Cue happy ending.]]

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* Mahir and Nandini in the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' series. All right, so he chose her after being offered over a dozen other possibles, possibles because she looked a good deal like Georgia, whom Mahir had had romantic feelings for, but the marriage does work out quite well and he falls very much in love with Nandini.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'' Logan and Jenine are shoved awkwardly into marriage because she has a crush and [[spoiler:his fiance slept with the prince. They spend the next two books separated and convinced the other is dead. Logan almost marries again for political reasons, Jenine becomes the wife of the Godking. However However, when Logan ''finds out she's alive and in the hands of the enemy'' he marches to war to rescue her. Cue happy ending.]]



* In the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, this happens between Prince Roald and Princess Shinkokami, once they get to know each other. According to WordOfGod, this also is the case with Roald's sister, Kalasin, and Emperor Kaddar, as she got to choose among the potential alliance marriages she could make in exchange for not pursing knighthood, and he is besotted with her.
* An {{Older Than Radio}} example has been left out - On {{Barsoom}} as is written in ''{{The Chessmen of Mars}}'', {{Tara of Helium}}, the {{Warlord of Mars}}'s daughter, was presumed to be matched with the Jeddak {{Gahan of Gathol}}, who appeared to her to be quite the useless dandy. However, when she got lost in a storm and met up with plain ol' '''Turan''', a ''panthan'' (common soldier) who proved to be almost as good a fighter as her worshipped father, she lost her heart to him. Good thing that ornaments and fancy clothing don't make the man....

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* In the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, this happens between Prince Roald and Princess Shinkokami, once they get to know each other. According to WordOfGod, this also is the case with Roald's sister, Kalasin, and Emperor Kaddar, as she got to choose among the potential alliance marriages she could make in exchange for not pursing pursuing knighthood, and he is besotted with her.
* An {{Older Than Radio}} example has been left out - On {{Barsoom}} as is written in ''{{The Chessmen of Mars}}'', {{Tara of Helium}}, the {{Warlord of Mars}}'s daughter, was presumed to be matched with the Jeddak {{Gahan of Gathol}}, who appeared to her to be quite the useless dandy. However, when she got lost in a storm and met up with plain ol' '''Turan''', a ''panthan'' (common soldier) who proved to be almost as good a fighter as her worshipped father, she lost her heart to him. Good thing that ornaments and fancy clothing don't make the man....man...



** ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'''s Simon and Katie entered a CitizenshipMarriage so that he could stay close to Lily--and eventually fell in love.

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** ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'''s Simon and Katie entered a CitizenshipMarriage so that he could stay close to Lily--and Lily --and eventually fell in love.



* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': A season one episode has NiceGuy John Burns marry a girl he just met on their first date. The two consider a divorce, but realize they like each other and decide to try to make it work. While John [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome doesn't last much longer on the show]], they seem pretty happy together in each subsequent appearance.

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* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': A season one episode has NiceGuy John Burns marry a girl he just met on their first date. The two consider a divorce, divorce but realize they like each other and decide to try to make it work. While John [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome doesn't last much longer on the show]], they seem pretty happy together in each subsequent appearance.



* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. [[NouveauRiche Jocosta]] is gang-raped and her father's riches confiscated by the state -- as a result she's not happy that the only candidate for marriage is recently freed slave Posca. But Posca turns out to be quite adept at making money via corrupt political deals and is tolerant of his wife's ditzy ways, so it turns out quite well.

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. [[NouveauRiche Jocosta]] is gang-raped and her father's riches confiscated by the state -- as a result result, she's not happy that the only candidate for marriage is recently freed slave Posca. But Posca turns out to be quite adept at making money via corrupt political deals and is tolerant of his wife's ditzy ways, so it turns out quite well.



** Philip and Elizabeth. It's mentioned at one point that when Philip was introduced to Elizabeth for the first time he was relieved by how pretty she was, but he could tell by her face that she was disappointed by him. It isn't until the third episode that Elizabeth admits that she's starting to feel love for Philip for the first time in their twenty year marriage.
** Philip and Martha's fake relationship and fake marriage starts to get more real by Season 4, like in season premiere "Glanders", when he's going to Martha for comfort and telling her things he doesn't tell his other wife.

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** Philip and Elizabeth. It's mentioned at one point that when Philip was introduced to Elizabeth for the first time he was relieved by how pretty she was, but he could tell by her face that she was disappointed by him. It isn't until the third episode that Elizabeth admits that she's starting to feel love for Philip for the first time in their twenty year twenty-year marriage.
** Philip and Martha's fake relationship and fake marriage starts start to get more real by Season 4, like in season premiere "Glanders", when he's going to Martha for comfort and telling her things he doesn't tell his other wife.



* Averted in ''Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays''. The marriage of Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragorn was thorny from the outset, and deteriorated thereafter. One scene shows Henry VIII grousing about this: "I do not love that woman. That was a marriage of state: England married Spain."

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* Averted in ''Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays''. The marriage of Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragorn was thorny from the outset, outset and deteriorated thereafter. One scene shows Henry VIII grousing about this: "I do not love that woman. That was a marriage of state: England married Spain."



* ''Webcomic/MarryMe''. Pop-idol who doesn't want to go back into the dating scene impuslively accepts a marraige proposal by sign and gets married to him on stage that minute. But the guy who was holding the sign didn't especially want to get married to her - it wasn't even his sign. Eventually they fall in love.

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* ''Webcomic/MarryMe''. Pop-idol who doesn't want to go back into the dating scene impuslively impulsively accepts a marraige marriage proposal by sign and gets married to him on stage that minute. But the guy who was holding the sign didn't especially want to get married to her - it wasn't even his sign. Eventually Eventually, they fall in love.



* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually the two fall mutually in love.

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* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually Eventually, the two fall mutually in love.



** Edward I of England married twice, both for strictly political reasons. Firstly at fifteen to the thirteen year old Eleanor of Castile. They proved a devoted couple with Eleanor following Edward on his military campaigns including a Crusade. When she died Edward was devastated and the famous Eleanor Crosses are a lasting monument to his grief. Nine years later Edward married again, Margaret of France. Despite an age difference of forty years this marriage was just as happy as his first with Eleanor. When Edward died after six years of marriage Eleanor declared that 'All men' were dead to her.

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** Edward I of England married twice, both for strictly political reasons. Firstly at fifteen to the thirteen year old thirteen-year-old Eleanor of Castile. They proved a devoted couple with Eleanor following Edward on his military campaigns including a Crusade. When she died Edward was devastated and the famous Eleanor Crosses are a lasting monument to his grief. Nine years later Edward married again, Margaret of France. Despite an age difference of forty years years, this marriage was just as happy as his first with Eleanor. When Edward died after six years of marriage Eleanor declared that 'All men' were dead to her.



** UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria was George III's granddaughter and successor to the throne. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in a political marriage in 1840. They were by all accounts very happy, and had nine children. When Prince Albert died in 1861 Victoria was grief-stricken and went into mourning which lasted until her death in 1901. An entry in her diary for her wedding day gives an idea of her emotions:

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** UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria was George III's granddaughter and successor to the throne. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in a political marriage in 1840. They were by all accounts very happy, happy and had nine children. When Prince Albert died in 1861 1861, Victoria was grief-stricken and went into mourning which lasted until her death in 1901. An entry in her diary for her wedding day gives an idea of her emotions:



* Maria Kutschera, despite what ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' may tell you, was ''not'' desperately in love with Captain von Trapp when they married, although he was in love with her. She married him for the sake of the children and fell in love with him later. She really had meant it when she entered Nonnberg Abbey as a postulant, although she later joked that it was clear she wasn't cut out to be a nun.[[note]]When asked whether she'd been as bad in the convent as depicted in the play, she laughingly said, "I was worse!"[[/note]] Obviously, it all worked out, as by the time they left Austria, she was pregnant with their ''third'' child. She later reflected that "I learned to love him more than I have ever loved before or after."
* As for non-royals, Creator/CSLewis obtained a civil marriage to American Joy Gresham in order to allow her and her children to remain in England. While good friends, the two didn't fall in love until later, and were eventually married in a religious ceremony.

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* Maria Kutschera, despite what ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' may tell you, was ''not'' desperately in love with Captain von Trapp when they married, although he was in love with her. She married him for the sake of the children and fell in love with him later. She really had meant it when she entered Nonnberg Abbey as a postulant, although she later joked that it was clear she wasn't cut out to be a nun.[[note]]When asked whether she'd been as bad in the convent as depicted in the play, she laughingly said, "I was worse!"[[/note]] Obviously, it all worked out, as as, by the time they left Austria, she was pregnant with their ''third'' child. She later reflected that "I learned to love him more than I have ever loved before or after."
* As for non-royals, Creator/CSLewis obtained a civil marriage to American Joy Gresham in order to allow her and her children to remain in England. While good friends, the two didn't fall in love until later, later and were eventually married in a religious ceremony.



** Another Baudouin, Baudouin de Flandre, later the first Latin Emperor, married Marie de Champagne as a young teenager to end bad blood between their families. Baudouin became utterly devoted to her, verging on SingleTargetSexuality.

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** Another Baudouin, Baudouin de Flandre, later the first Latin Emperor, married Marie de Champagne as a young teenager to end the bad blood between their families. Baudouin became utterly devoted to her, verging on SingleTargetSexuality.



* The marriage of Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth of France started out poorly, not helped by the twenty year difference in their age and the fact Elizabeth was still physically immature delaying consummation. But Philip was both patient and kind and Elizabeth reciprocated by making an effort to please him and after a few years they were desperately in love and very happy together. Then she died. Philip was unlucky that way. (For context, this was his ''third'' marriage, and he would eventually have a fourth one after his sole heir died.)

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* The marriage of Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth of France started out poorly, not helped by the twenty year twenty-year difference in their age and the fact Elizabeth was still physically immature delaying consummation. But Philip was both patient and kind and Elizabeth reciprocated by making an effort to please him and after a few years years, they were desperately in love and very happy together. Then she died. Philip was unlucky that way. (For context, this was his ''third'' marriage, and he would eventually have a fourth one after his sole heir died.)


* A particularly surprising example comes in the form of Ledaal Kes and Ragara Szaya, two [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dragon-Blooded Exalted]] who were married off to each other primarily because they are both Air Aspects with extraordinary Breeding. What makes this particular relationship so bizarre is that both Kes and Szaya are openly homosexual, and yet they care for each other enough that [[IfItsYouItsOkay they see each other as the sole exception to the rule.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': A particularly surprising example comes in the form of Ledaal Kes and Ragara Szaya, two [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dragon-Blooded Exalted]] Exalted who were married off to each other primarily because they are both Air Aspects with extraordinary Breeding. What makes this particular relationship so bizarre is that both Kes and Szaya are openly homosexual, and yet they care for each other enough that [[IfItsYouItsOkay they see each other as the sole exception to the rule.]]

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* Emperor Pedro I of Brazil had a notoriously hard marriage to his first wife, but his second marriage, to Amélie of Leuchtenberg in 1829, was very happy, she became a motherly figure to her stepchildren and managed to make Pedro drop his [[HandsomeLech notoriously lecherous behaviour]] (although, this can also be attributed to his trauma over blaming himself for the death of his first wife), they remained married until his death by tuberculosis in 1834. She never remarried.


* San and Nagasumi's marriage in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. After Sun (a mermaid) saves Nagasumi from drowning, mermaid law forces him to either marry into her family or be killed. Naturally, he chooses the former option, and a recurring theme in the series is how despite being initially forced together by circumstance they grow into people who truly care about each other. [[spoiler:On two occasions, one formally proposes to the other and each time it is accepted.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' the title character is betrothed to Akane while they are both teenagers, and although it's clear that there is a potential for romance between them, romantic progress is constantly derailed by NotWhatItLooksLike situations, other fiancees, a curse that makes Ranma turn into a girl when splashed with cold water, other martial artists coming after Ranma and/or Akane and, most often, the two's own egos. Although the relationship never developed beyond AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments and a denied AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, the ending does imply that they will get married of their own will eventually.
* In ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' high school student Kei Kusanagi marries the alien who is posing as his home room teacher in order to protect her secret identity. They move in together and quickly fall in love with each other.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' franchise the main character, Keiichi Morisato encounters a goddess who will grant one wish to him. He wishes that she stay with him forever. As far as the universe is concerned from that point on, the two are effectively married. They couldn't leave one another if they tried. In the process of finding a place to live and domestic life they fall in love with one another. The manga ends with [[spoiler:Belldandy and Keichi being officially married by Belldandy's mother after they pass the trial, and that's when Keichi is told, straight up, that the wording of his wish in chapter one is explicitly a marriage proposal.]]

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* San Sun and Nagasumi's marriage in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. After Sun (a mermaid) saves Nagasumi from drowning, mermaid law forces him to either marry into her family or be killed. Naturally, he chooses the former option, and a recurring theme in the series is how despite being initially forced together by circumstance they grow into people who truly care about each other. [[spoiler:On two occasions, one formally proposes to the other and each time it is accepted.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' the title character is [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise betrothed to Akane while they are both teenagers, teenagers]], and although it's clear that there is a potential for romance between them, romantic progress is constantly derailed by NotWhatItLooksLike situations, other fiancees, a curse that [[GenderBender makes Ranma turn into a girl girl]] when splashed with cold water, other martial artists coming after Ranma and/or Akane and, most often, the two's own egos. Although the relationship never developed beyond AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments and a denied AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, the ending does imply that they will get married of their own will eventually.
* In ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' high school student Kei Kusanagi marries the alien who is posing as his home room teacher in order to protect her secret identity.{{secret identity}}. They move in together and quickly fall in love with each other.
* In the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' franchise the main character, Keiichi Morisato Morisato, encounters a goddess who will grant one wish to him. He wishes that she stay with him forever. As far as the universe is concerned from that point on, the two are effectively married. They couldn't leave one another if they tried. In the process of finding a place to live and domestic life they fall in love with one another. The manga ends with [[spoiler:Belldandy and Keichi being officially married by Belldandy's mother after they pass the trial, and that's when Keichi Keiichi is told, straight up, that the wording of his wish in chapter one is explicitly a marriage proposal.]]


* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually the two fall mutually in love.



* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually the two fall mutually in love.


* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' most definitely love each other and, at one point, he playfully grabs her butt. While they have [[OddCouple completely opposite personalities]] as a couple of a ViolentGlaswegian and a ProperLady, they still have a working marriage. When he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter, Merida, she accidentally reveals to Fergus that she has had misgivings about the betrothal at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.

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* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' most definitely love each other and, at one point, he playfully grabs her butt. While they have [[OddCouple [[OppositesAttract completely opposite personalities]] as a couple of a ViolentGlaswegian and a ProperLady, they still have a working marriage. When he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter, Merida, she accidentally reveals to Fergus that she has had misgivings about the betrothal at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.


* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}''. They most definitely love each other and, at one point, Fergus playfully grabs Elinor's butt. While they have [[OddCouple completely opposite personalities]] (Fergus is your typical ViolentGlaswegian, while ProperLady Elinor is an ideal Queen, able to stop a brawl just by walking through it), they still have a working marriage. At one point, though, Elinor accidentally reveals to Fergus (when he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter) that she has had misgivings about the betrothal, at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.

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* King Fergus and Queen Elinor in ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}''. They ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' most definitely love each other and, at one point, Fergus he playfully grabs Elinor's her butt. While they have [[OddCouple completely opposite personalities]] (Fergus is your typical ViolentGlaswegian, while ProperLady Elinor is an ideal Queen, able to stop as a brawl just by walking through it), couple of a ViolentGlaswegian and a ProperLady, they still have a working marriage. At one point, though, Elinor accidentally reveals to Fergus (when When he has her pretend that she's speaking to their rebellious daughter) daughter, Merida, she accidentally reveals to Fergus that she has had misgivings about the betrothal, betrothal at first. His surprised look reveals that he had no idea.

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** Edward I of England married twice, both for strictly political reasons. Firstly at fifteen to the thirteen year old Eleanor of Castile. They proved a devoted couple with Eleanor following Edward on his military campaigns including a Crusade. When she died Edward was devastated and the famous Eleanor Crosses are a lasting monument to his grief. Nine years later Edward married again, Margaret of France. Despite an age difference of forty years this marriage was just as happy as his first with Eleanor. When Edward died after six years of marriage Eleanor declared that 'All men' were dead to her.

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* ''WebVideo/LiliumSims2'': Horitio was arranged to marry Estella as children. When they meet as teens, Horitio is initially in love with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]]. He pushes aside his feelings and marries Estella due to obligation. Eventually the two fall mutually in love.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Ned Stark and Catelyn Tulley originally only married because Cat's original betrothed, Ned's older brother Brandon, was killed, and their families needed the alliance. By the time the first book begins, the two have been together many years and have come to truly love each other.

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* In ''Series/HouseMD'', following his breakup with Cuddy, House agrees to marry a Ukrainian woman so she can get a green card. At first, they live largely separate lives, but they end up having to move in together to pull it off, and they start developing real feelings for each other. Unfortunately, it's not a happy ending: House is so afraid of her leaving that he tries to hide the fact that she's gotten her citizenship from her, and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it's this deception]] that drives her away from him.

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